SAN MARCOS (CNS) - More than 70 acres of sensitive habitat in the North County will be preserved, under a joint purchase announced Friday by the San Diego Association of Governments and county of San Diego.
The agencies paired up to buy 40 acres along Escondido Creek south of San Marcos, and SANDAG purchased 32.5 acres of the Del Mar Mesa Preserve.
The Escondido Creek property, known as Mendocino, was bought for $2.3 million as part of a mitigation plan for freeway projects elsewhere in the county. It's near Sage Hill, a 234-acre parcel acquired previously for the same purpose.
The $2.6 million purchase of Del Mar Mesa Preserve headed off a proposal to build homes at the site, which includes vernal pools, old growth chaparral and oak tree stands.
"Working as a team, we have been able to achieve the SANDAG goal of preserving open space as mitigation for highway and local road construction, while at the same time expanding the county's park system for use by the public," said Jerome Stocks, SANDAG's first vice chairman and a member of the Encinitas City Council.
The fight continues over how to dispose of the nuclear waste from the now shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant.
The city of Chula Vista is honoring the lives of fallen members of the military and is dedicating seven new streets named for those killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
San Diego's crime rate in the first four months of this year was the lowest since at least 1990, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and police Chief Shelley Zimmerman said Friday.
A 14-year-old Steele Canyon High School student was arrested for allegedly sending a threatening message to another student at the Spring Valley-area campus via Snapchat.
Emergency crews executed a water rescue early Friday morning, after a car landed upside down in a San Ysidro pond.
Cool and cloudy conditions start off Friday morning, but the sun will break through in the afternoon. Strong winds in San Diego County's deserts are also expected to ease up Friday morning.
A man who was drunk when he drove off in an ambulance from Scripps Mercy Hospital with two patients inside was sentenced Thursday to four years in state prison.
Police in San Diego's Tierrasanta neighborhood were on the lookout Thursday for a man suspected of following a 12-year-old girl even after she confronted him and told him to stop.